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Kohl's to award prizes for youth volunteers

February 13, 2008

Kohl's this year plans to award $300,000 in scholarships and prizes to 1,900 people ages 6 to 18.

Awards range from $50 to $5,000, and are presented to recognize selfless acts.

Through the Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, more than 7,000 scholarships and prizes totaling more than $1.5 million have been awarded to youth volunteers nationwide since 2001.

Last year's national Kids Who Care scholarship winners included a 9-year-old who raised $19,000 to buy 23,000 pounds of food for a local food pantry, a 12-year-old who raised more than $20,000 for kids with life-threatening illnesses and a 17-year-old who founded a school group to increase student and community autism awareness.

Nominations are being accepted through March 15. Two nominees from each of the more than 900 Kohl's stores will win a $50 Kohl's gift card; 190 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten volunteers will get national recognition, winning scholarships worth $5,000 toward post-secondary education.

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Kohl's will contribute $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each national winner.

Those wishing to nominate a young volunteer for a Kid Who Cares scholarship will find additional information and a list of past Kohl's Kids Who Care winners at www.kohlskidswhocare.com.

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